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I hope the gods conspire to get me back to this little cataract near Pehoe. It's in Patagonia on the Chilean side, underneath Torres del Paine. And I hope the authorities haven't put up a fence around it, but I reckon this is pretty unlikely!

The day was overcast with light rain and a light wind. We were hoping for sunshine and the potential for rainbows rising skyward from the falls to the right (just out of picture), but it wasn't to be and I didn't really mind. Bright sunshine would have created some really strong contrast and perhaps some ugly shadows cutting across the scene, so I took the cloud cover as a bonus.

This is shot with a Canon 1Ds Mark II and a 24mm TS-E (perspective control) lens, tripod mounted. The exposure is two minutes which accounts for the whiteness in the water, the fairy-floss effect as some disparaging souls like to call it. I like it! I've rated the sensor at ISO 400, which meant the light must have been pretty dim (usually the Canon is rated at ISO 100 when it's sitting on a tripod). ISO 100 would have meant an eight minute exposure, but this was just two minutes.

As regular readers will be aware, I'm revisiting my photos of Patagonia. I have several purposes, one to remind myself of what is there for my trip next March to Patagonia. The other, of course, is to encourage a few readers to join me with Ignacio Palacios and Pep Roig. We already have some brave expeditioners signed up and Ignacio is off to Patagonia next month to formalise the last of the arrangements. I actually think he's just going over to have some fun and take a few photographs, but I like his attention to detail, especially if his wife is reading this.

When re-processing this file, I was mindful of the rich green in the leaves and the strong aquas in the water. You can see the file processed out of Capture One by visiting While the colour is rich and strong, I found they fought each other and that there was too much colour! This might sound odd coming from me, but the end result (pictured here) is desaturated everywhere except the tree. And I've also given the tree an autumnal look which is what we might see this March.

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